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Rep. John Ratcliffe’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 4th District
Republican
Served Jan 6, 2015 – May 22, 2020


These year-end statistics cover Ratcliffe’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Ratcliffe’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 2 others)

4 of Ratcliffe’s bills and resolutions in 2019 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 1927: Separation of Powers Restoration Act ...; H.R. 1986: Effective Prosecution of Possession of ...; H.R. 3238: Defending the Integrity of Voting ...; H.R. 4237: Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 6th most often compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Ratcliffe introduced 3 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 343: Lake Fannin Conveyance Act; H.R. 1986: Effective Prosecution of Possession of ...; H.R. 4237: Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 22nd least often compared to House Republicans

Of the 114 bills that Ratcliffe cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (10th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Was 27th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Ratcliffe missed 10.7% of votes (75 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Ratcliffe’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Cosponsored the 73rd fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Ratcliffe cosponsored 114 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (31st percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Introduced the 86th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 18 others)

Ratcliffe introduced 7 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (31st percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got the 104th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Ratcliffe’s bills and resolutions had 55 cosponsors in 2019. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 101st fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 30 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of Ratcliffe’s 7 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Ratcliffe caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (31st percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Laws Enacted

Ratcliffe introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 343: Lake Fannin Conveyance Act; H.R. 1986: Effective Prosecution of Possession of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Ratcliffe’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 3238: Defending the Integrity of Voting ...; H.R. 4237: Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Committee Positions

Ratcliffe held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Ratcliffe’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.